The Pleasure of Finding Things Out: The Best Short Works of Richard P. Feynman
by Richard P. Feynman, P Feynman
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Doubt is much more interesting than certainty. Those who are brave enough to live with it will live a much fuller and richer life.
Richard Feynam on how really, really hard it is to know something really well - and why he does not believe that much of the pseudoscience at all. I absolutely love this.
Why prizes, honors, and exclusive societies bothered the shit out of Feynman, and how they are all pretenses of grandeur. The real joy is in the work.
On how he uses a myth of irresponsibility to let himself not do the admin work and have time and focus to solve the really difficult questions in physics.
It is much more interesting to live with doubt and uncertainty, to question and ask - then to try to have all the answers (which are going to be wrong anyway!)
The best simple, yet technical explanation of the brain as a computation device. Feynman is an amazing genius.
Feynman: I was always dumb about one thing - who I was talking to. It does not matter who said what, what matters is simply speaking what you think.
Those who understand how hard it is to really, truly understand something are very careful before making statements about knowing anything. Those who have never taken the time to truly understand something are bound to spew over confident statements of all sorts about their "knowledge".
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